World Vision commits US$500 million to fight global malnutrition 

World Vision commits US$500 million to fight global malnutrition  

  • WorldVisionwill commit $500 million of private fundingto tackle malnutritionover the next fiveyearsandwill also allocatean additional$700minnutrition grant-fundedprogrammes. 
  • The aid agency’s investment will mean that more than 1 million children will avoid malnutrition. 

14thDecember, 2020 World Vision International’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Morley, todaycommitted US$500 millionto flight malnutrition, andtold global nutrition leaders that eliminating malnutrition – especially for women and girls – is a top priority for the organisation.  

MrMorley, made theannouncement aspart of theNutrition 4 Growth Year of Actionlaunchhosted by the Governments of Canada and Bangladesh, attended by and featuring keyaid sector leaderssuch asHenrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  

“As a child-focused organisation,World Vision refuses to accept the current status quo of child malnutrition globally,”MrMorley said. “Good nutrition is an essential foundation for health and development, yet malnutritionis stillthe single-biggest contributor to under five childmortality. World Vision is determined to work towards a future in which children dying of malnutrition is a thing of the past. If we join together, we will succeed. This, I promise you”.  

“Weknow from bitter experience in 100 countries that malnutrition steals so many young children’s lives, and diminishes lifelong potential for hundreds of millions more, with a disproportionate impact on girls. We can and must to more to ensure children achieve their God-given potential.” 

Women and girls are most affected by poor nutrition globally, “empowering them is a game-changing solution for eliminating malnutrition,” headded.  

Other commitments made by the organisation included:  

  • Treating 500,000 children for malnutrition.  
  • Reaching 200,000 people with programmes thatequipcaregivers to prepare locally sourced nutritious food.  
  • Providingsupplementary feeding for 250,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.  
  • Leveraging184,000World Vision-supportedcommunity health workers to reach the most vulnerable households with nutrition counselling.  

Mr Morleystressedhe was particularly proud that World Vision’s nutrition programmes would be addressing the interconnections between nutrition, genderequality, women’s empowerment and child well-being by continuing to develop, scale up and promote theGender-Transformative Framework for Nutrition.   

ENDS.   

Note to editor   

For more informationcontact Chris Weeks on  +44 (0) 7917377081 and christopher_weeks@wvi.org   

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